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The literary tradition of persona, of writing poems in voices or from perspectives other than the poet's own, is ancient in origin and contemporary in practice. The embodiment of different voices is not only a dramatic and creative moment, but also a moment of true empathy, as the author moves beyond his or her own margins to fully inhabit the character, personality, and mindset of another human being. While there are a great number of poems written in persona, both historically as well as in the modern poetic landscape, there are no anthologies currently in existence that collect and celebrate the diverse writers who work in this mode today-or the divergent voices and characters they create. Stacey Lynn Brown and Oliver de la Paz have selected a superb collection of approximately 200 persona poems. These poems embody characters from popular culture, history, the Bible, literature, mythology, newspaper clippings, legends, fairy tales, and comic books, to name just a few, and their diversity is reflective of the wide range of authors working in this genre. The anthology will also contain brief explanatory notes written by the poets to help historicize and contextualize their characters and personae.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
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  1. That Was Then
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  1. Aubuchon Creek
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  1. Calamity Jane Informs Wild Bill of His Faultswhile Visiting His Grave
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  1. Constantinople, Plague Summer
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  1. Courting Mary Ann Cotton
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  1. Dr. Balmis
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  1. Drifting towards the bottom,Jacques Piccard recalls the sky
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  1. Elvie Comes Home to Rosetta
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  1. The Empress Dreams after a Poisoned Meal
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  1. Extant Diary of Amanda Elizabeth McKenzy
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  1. Galileo to Maria Celeste
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  1. The Given Account
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  1. A Great Physicist Recalls the Manhattan Project
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  1. The Hangman Recalls a Dream to His Son, Abbot
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  1. Here You Are
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  1. History
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  1. I am the Real Jesse James
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  1. Ishi Speaks
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  1. from The Lost Letters of Frederick Douglass
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  1. Manatee
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  1. A Medium Rehearses the Square Order Shuffle
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  1. Memory
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  1. Nadya to Stalin, 1925
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  1. The Naming of Peru
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  1. Notes from a Sodbuster’s Wife, Kansas, 1868
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  1. Oswald, to His Father
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  1. Rachel Carson
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  1. Reputation
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  1. The Resurrectionist’s Wife
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  1. Robert Oppenheimer Near Los Alamos, October 1945
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  1. Submariner
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  1. War Wives at Tea Talk
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  1. Whaling Wives: Desire Hathaway (2)
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  1. The Woods Behind General Walker’s House
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  1. Releasing the Kraken
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  1. . . . and her severed head said to Perseus,
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  1. Arachne
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  1. Aunt Eloe Schools the Scarecrow
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  1. The Calypso Diaries
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  1. The Carriers
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  1. The Chimera Faces Extinction, Displacement
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  1. Coma Berenices
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  1. Hecuba
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  1. Icarus / Sinking
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  1. I Live on Milk Street
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  1. Leda’s Flashback
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  1. Lotus-Eater’s Wife
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  1. Medusa and Neptune
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  1. My Life as a Woman
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  1. Odysseus, on the Eve of Departure,Prepares His Wife
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  1. Penelope Blows Smoke Rings
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  1. Psyche
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  1. Still Bound
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  1. “What she could do, Medea did . . .”
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  1. The Wife of Sisyphus
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  1. Fifteen Easy Minutes
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  1. After Oz
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  1. Anna’s Ghost: (Prologue)
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  1. Beetle Bailey Goes Home
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  1. Bill Monroe
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  1. Cammi Granato, Age Five: “I Hate Dorothy Hamill”
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  1. Crossing the Street, Valentine’s Day
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  1. Go Somewhere with Me
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  1. How She Didn’t Say It
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  1. Hulk Smash!
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  1. I am the Immaculate Conception
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  1. In the Unlikely Event of a Water Landing
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  1. Jack Benny Plays the Carousel Club
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  1. Katie Smith Says, “A Woman’s Body is a Battleground. I Should Know.”
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  1. Leaving Saturn
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  1. Like This
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  1. Man on Extremely Small Island
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  1. (Moan): Robert McFerrin, Sr.
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  1. The Monster’s Bride Questions the Motives of Her Creator
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  1. My Kitchen
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  1. My Life as Orson Welles
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  1. Notes in the Margins of King Kong (1933) III: We’ll be millionaires!
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  1. Ornette Coleman’s Out-of-Office Reply
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  1. Sarah Bernhardt Plays Hamlet
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  1. Setsuko Hara
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  1. Today on Maury
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  1. Track 4: Reflections
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  1. Violin (Larry Fine)
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  1. the vodka to Miss USA Tara Conner
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  1. It Kept on Burning
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  1. Ajal
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  1. All the Trees of the Field Shall Clap Their Hands
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  1. Ballad of Greg Withrow
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  1. Bring the Rain
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  1. Bronze Age
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  1. Chin’s Monologue in the Bucket
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  1. Chorus of X, the Rescuers’ Mark
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  1. Dear Laramie, Dear Liar, Dear Once Upon a Time
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  1. Elizabeth at Seabrook
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  1. Emmett Till’s Glass-Top Casket
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  1. fodderhouse
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  1. Forget
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  1. Forneus
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  1. George Wallace at the Crossroads
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  1. Gila
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  1. Installation / Occupation
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  1. Listen
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  1. Liu Minghe Speaks
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  1. Memory
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  1. My Brother Jay, A Trilogy
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  1. A Note Found in the Tomb of Tutankhamen
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  1. Rosemary Talking Belfast, 1975
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  1. Skinhead
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  1. Spring Reply to Internment Camp, Location Unknown
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  1. The Venerable Fisherman Speaks Again of His Days
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  1. As It Was Written
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  1. The Apostle’s Wife
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  1. Black Jesus Speaks to the Cosmetic Counter Salesgirl at the Mall of Asia
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  1. Daniel Addresses the Soothsayer Society
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  1. From the Book of Ten Instructions
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  1. His Cassandra
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  1. It Didn’t Happen That Way
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  1. Jezebel Remembering
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  1. Lord’s Own Anointed
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  1. Na’amah
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  1. Punishment
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  1. Put Me Back, Jesus (from Lazarus)
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  1. Rebecca to Isaac
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  1. Salome Gives Seven Explanations for a Kiss
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  1. Sarah’s Story
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  1. The Sin-Eater
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  1. Sister Lost
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  1. After Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Creatures, and Other Imaginings
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  1. Dido to the Little Match Girl
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  1. Gretel in the Tunnel
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  1. Mermaid
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  1. Pinocchio’s Elegy for the Unreal
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  1. The Tale of the Dead Princess
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  1. Thaw
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  1. To the Stockyard Bulls
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  1. The Watchtower
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  1. The Werewolf of Green Knolls
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  1. The Werewolves
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  1. When Red Becomes the Wolf
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  1. From the Page to the Pen: Authors, Their Characters, and Everything in Between
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  1. Case History: Frankenstein’s Lesions
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  1. Confessions of an Invisible Man
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Elizabeth Barrett Browning Speaks of Spirits
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  1. A Foot, A Poem
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  1. Hamlet Beside the Stream
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  1. House of Galicia
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  1. If Robinson Came from the Heartland
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  1. In the fever-world, my dearest
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  1. The Kama Sutra’s Banished Illustrator
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  1. Letter from Zelda
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  1. Li Po Of Course Drinking
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  1. Love Letter to Hans Christian Andersen
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  1. Love Song of Fergus
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  1. Marcel at the Station House
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  1. Maudie Defends Her Spinsterhood
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  1. Excerpt from “Musica Humana”
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  1. Nabokov, Naming the Animals
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  1. Ophelia Drowning
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  1. Paul D’s Haiku for Sethe
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  1. Poisonous Persona
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  1. Robert Frost, The Derry Farm, New Hampshire, 1906
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  1. Sebastian’s Arrows:Lorca’s Last Letter to Dalí, August 20, 1936
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  1. Speaking as the Male Poet
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  1. Walt Whitman Sings Happy Birthday to Himself
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  1. The Wind Over Pasternak’s Square
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  1. The Muse Talks Back: Artists and Their Subjects
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  1. Agitation
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  1. Baedeker for a Life Cut with Danger
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  1. Beethoven’s Maid Writes a Letter to Her Mother
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  1. Coy Mistress
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  1. Diego is Painted by D. H. Lawrence in the Desert
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  1. Fernande Olivier: Woman Sleeping, 1904
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  1. Frida Kahlo Speaks:
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  1. Josie Bliss, October 1971
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  1. Marc Chagall: Blue Violinist, 1946
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  1. On Sketching Pippa Passingthe Loose Women (1855)
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  1. Picasso’s Heart
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  1. Seven Studies for a Self-Portrait
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  1. Steady, My Gaze
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  1. Not the Poet, Not Me: The Other Faces That You Meet
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  1. All My Wives
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  1. Anthropologist Dreams
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  1. Aunt Rose Baptizes the Greens
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  1. Autumn Somewhere
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  1. billy they don’t like you to be so free
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  1. Clairvoyant
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  1. —Clean—
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  1. Corpus
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  1. Doomsayer
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  1. Dwarf with Bottle
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  1. Etude
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  1. The Facial Reconstructionist has Cocktails with the Girls
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  1. The Gospel According to Lucas
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  1. Graciela and the Song of One Hundred Names
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  1. Granola Jones Cooks for the Potluck
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  1. Her Head Bowed
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  1. Holes
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  1. Homewrecker
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  1. Ice Jesus
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  1. The Jerk
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  1. Letter after Dismemberment
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  1. Lexicons
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  1. The Magician’s Assistant
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  1. Melvin’s Story
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  1. My Name is Quinn Margaret
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  1. Necessary Knives
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  1. Our Chef is Delicious
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  1. Parable: A Training Exercise
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  1. Something Might Be Gaining on You
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  1. The Tilted Knot
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  1. Waiting
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  1. What Happened at Work
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  1. Contextual Notes
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Credits
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781937378288
Print ISBN
9781937378127
MARC Record
OCLC
830023720
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-25
Language
English
Open Access
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